“If you want to be a professional artist, but you aren’t willing to see your work rejected hundreds, if not thousands, of times, then you’re done before you start.” – Mark MansonThe Insecure Writers Support Group is brought to you by founder Alex J Cavanaugh. This month Alex has the help of these co-hosts: Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Ann V. Friend, JQ Rose, and Elizabeth Seckman! Please go visit them. I am not using the optional question for the IWSG, but here it is: How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing?
Instead, I will ramble.
This month, I'm unofficially writing with the NaNoWriMo. It's good practice. Keeps me tied to something that needs to get done. The process is bossing my ADD clear to the curb. My goal is 1000 words per day because the 1667ish is not doable for me right now.
My project is a MG book that has been "on the shelf" for a few years. There was an outline, which I had to tweak, okay...rewrite. There were a few short short chapters already written, but those are and will be rewritten. Even character names were changed except for one secondary character. Her name is too cool to change.
Per Teresa's norm, I try to edit as I go. Bad idea. This slows me down and does not help. I have to keep telling myself that these are not editing days. These are the puking days, if you will. (I hope you weren't eating breakfast.) I'm six days in and already behind a few words. I'm okay with that because I am writing...words and a story. Some days I write over 1000 words and other days I might gain 500ish.
One of the reasons I'm in it is to see where this wonderful story takes me.
I say wonderful, but here's the thing. I am not that excited about this story. THERE I said it. I'm having no problem filling in the blanks and telling the story because it's a good story. The main kid in the story definitely needs someone on her side and she elected me.
My whole attitude is weird about it, but my ultimate goal is to write 30,000 words. Grandiose thoughts for this short story writer, I must admit. If I get anything close to that goal, then I will be happy.
On this November IWSG day, I encourage you to keep on doing what you love, no matter what it is, do it!